'No shame': AFL world erupts over 'inappropriate' mid-game stunt

A bizarre mid-match interview with Brisbane Lions star Luke Hodge has been heavily criticised by AFL fans.

Hodge was on the sideline receiving some treatment for a calf cramp on Thursday night when he was asked for an interview with Channel 7’s Abbey Holmes.

Hodge was in clear pain as he was lying face-down on the ground, visibly pausing to wince and spit water out of his mouth before answering the first question.

The bizarre moment. Image: Channel 7
The bizarre moment. Image: Channel 7

To Hodge’s credit he continued on with the interview after the treatment, answering all of Holmes’ questions without objection.

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‘Out of control’

But the bizarre moment was shredded by a number of high-profile viewers.

Ron Reed, a former sports writer for the Herald Sun, said the interview was a step too far as broadcasters strive to give fans more access to players than ever before.

“Ch 7 demand for access out of control when they’re stick a mic in Hodge’s face while he’s being treated at the bench. And for what result?” Reed tweeted.

Fellow journalist and ABC Offsiders panellist Richard Hinds labelled the move “total rubbish.”

“Players being interviewed while they are playing games is total rubbish. “Access” gone mad. Save it for the novelty events,” Hinds tweeted.

The Hodge interview continues the trend of giving fans more insight into the players, with the ‘Roaming Brian’ segment taking viewers into the changerooms after immediately after games.

But many were left unimpressed about how things developed on Thursday night, with social media users labelling the Hodge interview ‘inappropriate’ and ‘disrespectful’.

Pies too hot for Lions

On the field, Brisbane’s bubble burst in a 62-point hiding as Collingwood put on a clinic in the Gabba’s first AFL sell-out since 2010.

The 18.15 (123) to 8.13 (61) defeat was a reality check for the Lions, who were a step off the pace against a Magpies unit that looks to have found their rhythm after a patchy opening month.

The city’s biggest AFL game in nearly a decade didn’t start as planned for the hosts, with Collingwood’s 47 points their best first term against the Lions.

It only got worse for Chris Fagan’s men as the visitor’s 51-point third term became the highest-scoring in history at the ground.

with AAP